We need equality in the criminal justice system

The Chicago Tribune recently published a letter to the editor by Growing Home’s executive director Harry Rhodes. The letter demands equality in the criminal justice system, as exemplified by the recent ruling not to send Beanie Baby executive… Read More

On the Road with Harry Rhodes in Cuba

Harry Rhodes  in Cuba

Growing Home’s Executive Director Harry Rhodes recently got back from a trip to Cuba, which has one of the most advanced urban farming systems in the world. This trip was the culmination of a fellowship awarded to Harry by… Read More

Growing Home on WBEZ


Growing Home’s Employment Specialist Brad Hirn participated in a panel discussion on WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift Wednesday afternoon to talk about ending poverty in Chicago, and how job training and transitional employment programs can help, such as Growing Home’s Transitional Job Training… Read More

2014 Job Training Program Recruitment for Cohort 1 is Closed


Growing Home has completed recruitment for Cohort 1 of our 2014 Transitional Job Training Program. Recruitment for Cohort 2 will begin in May. If you are interested in applying for the program or would like to refer a candidate,… Read More

Farm in the City- Harry Rhodes Speaks at Chicago Humanities Festival

Harry Rhodes, John Edel and and Naomi Davis at Chicago Humanities Festival panel on November 10, 2013.

In November 2013, Growing Home’s Executive Director Harry Rhodes spoke on a Chicago Humanities Festival Panel called “Farm in the City.” Along with other panelists (Lee Bey, Naomi Davis, and John Edel), Harry discussed the sustainability of urban… Read More

Counting Down the Last 13 Days of 2013

Last 13 Days of 2013

It’s been an amazing year at Growing Home, and we couldn’t have done it without support from all of you! Leading up to the end of the year, Growing Home will be counting down the Last 13 Days… Read More

Celebrating the Success of our Graduates: High School Graduation!

During the off-season, Growing Home staff like to take the opportunity to support our participants in a variety of ways. From following up on progress at their new jobs, advocating for the sealing or expungement of a conviction… Read More

We love good news: Renee’s Sealing Story

Renee Sealing Hearing

UPDATE: We’ve got another great update on Renee! Since we posted this originally on December 11th, Renee was able to get her Permanent Employee Registration Card (PERC Card) from the State of Illinois to work as a security… Read More

Spring Field Day at our Marseilles farm

  If you’ve never ventured out to our farm in Marseilles, IL – the Les Brown Memorial Farm – now is a great time to come and check it out. There will be lots to eat and see…. Read More

Growing Home Kickstarter selected to Seed Chicago!

Great news! Growing Home’s Kickstarter project – Harvesting Hope – has been selected to Seed Chicago, the city’s new curated Kickstarter page for projects specifically focusing on job creation and growth in Chicago’s neighborhoods. A major benefit to… Read More